Ancient Studies -- New Technology: The World Wide Web and Scholarly Research, Communication, and Publication in Ancient, Byzantine, and Medieval Studies

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Classical, Medieval, and Byzantine scholars have long relied on academic symposia and printed media to disseminate the fruits of their research. In the last two decades, the Internet and the World Wide Web have made new forms of publication possible. Electronic journals have been founded, such as the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and the Medieval Review. Academic websites, including De Imperatoribus Romanis, Perseus, Diotima, Electronic Antiquity, ORB, Lacus Curtius, the Stoa, and the Medieval Sourcebook, provide wide audiences with primary materials, scholarly studies, and access to other resources. Search engines like Index Antiquus have been developed to help navigate the rapidly multiplying opportunities of this new medium.

In spite of these advances, the Internet is just beginning to fulfill its potential as a scholarly medium. This conference will address various ways in which the World Wide Web is being, and can be, developed, in the fields of Classical, Medieval, and Byzantine studies. Participants are encouraged to use their imaginations in considering different ways in which the WEB can help to promote ancient and medieval studies. Presentations are not only of a theoretical nature, but also of a practical, "how-to", nature.


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